Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Down time

Yesterday was a sad day for Jake and me. I thought maybe I could get back to a short hunt after my fall last Friday so I took Jake where I thought we might find a few birds. I no more than got off the road and took my first step on the steeper slope and my back cramped up and down I went. Oh wow! did it hurt.

I immediately rounded Jake up and headed into the doctor who informed me that my back was pretty screwed up in medical terms and that it looked like I had probably had a minor concussion. I told her of the need for Jake and I to be on the mountain and she advised me to stay off any type of hill and only walk on flat land for the next week or I might lose the rest of the season. So home we will stay until the day after Christmas and God willing I'll be back chasing chukars with Jake.

I've been looking back through the pictures of December hunts and thought I'd share some of the better ones with you. It's probably not the same for you because it is not you and your dog, but I'll share them anyway so that you can see how much fun I have when we go out together.

Some of the animals we got to see.
A couple of scenery pictures from those cold and frosty days.
A point in the fog.
Several of the many points Jake provided.
I'm pretty lucky that Jake likes to show off and give me both time to take pictures and still get some shooting. He loves retrieving almost as much as he does pointing the birds. He just doesn't care to put the bird in my hand.

The birds go into the vest all the same and eat just as well as if he'd placed them in my hand. Jake seems to know when we're close to being finished. He picks up his own trophy and packs it around for a while.
The trip before my falling trip, Jake and I got a new personal record. He logged 33.96 miles and I did 9.78 miles. That was our best hiking day together. I had a few longer jaunts with Tucker but I was much younger than, too. This was our last days hunt in December.
We hope to get two or three more hunts this month and put some more miles on and birds in the bag. I'm hoping that all the rest of my adventures this year are positive ones and I can provide some more entertainment for those not as fortunate as I with lot's of time in the field. 

Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. Get out there with your buddies and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. That's all it takes to put more birds in your vest and wildlife pictures into your memory. We're all pretty fortunate to be able to enjoy Idaho's wild life with just a simple stroll into the mountains.

Happy hunting to all of you,
Jake and Larry


Troy, Rowdy and Ben said...

Just a speed bump my friend. You and Jake will be back at them and healthy before you know it.
Chukar hunting is unlike any other. I have hurt my body and my guns so many times over the years from dangerous falls. I don’t take the risks that I once did and I hope you don’t either. That said, if you hunt ‘em, expect to fall! Merry Christmas to you and your family Larry. I look forward to a couple more “tales afield” from you with what little season is left.

larry szurgot said...

Couldn't say it much better. If nothing else comes from this blog, your comment describes chukar hunting perfectly. I wonder how long before my new stock (just got it yesterday) has some new gouges in it?

Lord Mountbatten said...

Remember, you're bionic, Larry. You'll hit the hill with renewed vigor after Christmas. Your hunts are inspiring, especially covering all that ground. Thanks for sharing, and heal fast and thoroughly.

larry szurgot said...

Thanks Bob. Merry Christmas to you, Leslie, Angus and Pete and may the remainder of the season find you having plenty of opportunities.

Larry said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

It sounds like you had a couple of hard falls and I hope you fell well enough to get out again soon!